Hospital on the road to recovery

editorial image

AROUND 300 patients are still waiting to be seen by the trust which runs the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) this week said most of the patients affected by recent delays in follow-up outpatient appointments have now been seen as a result of a concerted effort by staff across the organisation.

Around 19,000 patients were affected by the delays.

All of the urgent and priority patients were seen by the end of last year and most of the remaining patients that needed an appointment have now been seen.

There are about 300 patients who still need to be seen.

Dealing with the backlog has involved putting on about 1,100 additional clinics.

Interim chief executive Eric Morton said: “It is unacceptable that these delays ever occurred and I’m pleased that we are now very close to having seen all the patients who were affected.

See the Lancaster Guardian (05-04-12) for full story/